Devils and the Deep Blue Sea
Let me get this straight: You called the article Give the Devils Their Due (June 16) and put two freedivers on the cover? I still think it's kind of special to make the cover of SI, but you missed the boat this week. Freedivers? What happened? Did the whole staff see Finding Nemo one too many times?
Michael Farber describes the Devils' Michael Rupp as "the most obscure player on the most obscure champion in recent NHL history." Rupp—and his team—would be a little less obscure if you didn't deny them the cover in favor of a story about diving.
ROBERT FERRARO, Lake Hiawatha, N.J.
The only type of water that should have been on the June 16 cover is frozen.
MICHAEL NEUWIRTH, Great Neck, N.Y.
The Rapture of the Deep (June 16) was simply the most beautiful, tragic and finely written story I have ever read. I had never heard of freediving before, and now I am obsessed with learning more about Pip�n Ferreras and his record dives.
JESSICA MCCARTNEY, Chicago
That Audrey Mestre and Pip�n chose to risk their lives in a dangerous sport was their right. That SI chose to romanticize their lifestyle and Audrey's death is stupid.
LEO KRUSACK, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
As an admirer of the seemingly reckless courage and all-out chutzpah of extreme-sport athletes, I offer kudos to Gary Smith for the way he brilliantly interwove the romance of two individuals, for the sea and for each other.
Blue Bell, Pa.
I look forward to future stories celebrating Russian roulette, skydiving without a parachute and human car-dodging at the Daytona 500.
Sean Brinkley, Austin
Freediving. Sport? Not a sport? That is a question for another day thanks to the amazing article by Gary Smith. The question regarding Pip�n should be: Crime? Not a crime?
PETE LAVEN, Little Rock
Thank you for the article on Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti (Uncommon Valor, June 16). I commend these two magnificent warriors for reminding us all that the sweet science can, indeed, be sweet.
MARK W. MILEY, Lakeland, Fla.
My wife and I were married the day of the first Gatti-Ward fight. We watched their second great fight together the following November, and then my wife bought tickets for the third fight. I've seen my Mets win the Series in 1986 and my Rangers win a Stanley Cup in '94, but never have I witnessed anything as thrilling as that night. Thirty years from now I'll be telling my grandchildren about how their grandparents were married on the night Gatti and Ward first got it on, and how we were there in Atlantic City the night they did it for the last time. Those two guys now head my list of fantasy golf partners.
TODD BASCOM, Uniondale, N.Y.